Did Paul and Silas really appear before the “magistrates” at the bema in Philippi—as is commonly thought (see quote at end of post)? Probably not—see the following. 344 more words
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Bema – the altar part or sanctuary in ancient and Orthodox churches; the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel; an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse ion a basilica; the podium or platform in a synagogue from which the Torah and Prophets are read; the platform from which orators spoke in ancient Athens.